Music, chess and Arnold Schönberg

By | November 16, 2022

Volker Ahmels and Matthias Deutschmann have recognized one another since their youth. They each share a love of music and chess. In 1978, a very long time in the past, they confronted off on the state junior championships in Hannover, Germany. Ahmels performed for Hamburg and Deutschmann for Baden, and Deutschmann gained, “in a study-like endgame”, as he nonetheless fondly remembers.

Matthias Deutschmann, Volker Ahmels

After finishing his research, Deutschmann started to check biology in Freiburg, and through his research he carried out efficiently as a cabaret artist. He additionally learns to play the cello which is an integral a part of his packages.

He had much less time to play chess, however nonetheless saved in contact with the sport and his chess buddies from Freiburg. Nevertheless, Deutschmann was nonetheless a powerful participant and sometimes performed for the Zähringen crew within the “Bundesliga”.

When the “Fritz” chess program discovered to accompany its video games with light-hearted banter, it was Deutschmann who wrote the witty strains and lent his voice to this system.

When the pandemic halted all public performances in 2020, Deutschmann used the time and wrote a brand new program, titled “Mephisto Consulting”, with which he’s presently on tour.

Deutschmann, Schoenberg

Volker Ahmels devotes himself totally to music. He discovered to play the piano as a baby and studied on the conservatory in Lübeck after finishing his research. In 1991, he turned director of the “Johann Wilhelm Hertel” conservatory in Schwerin, the capital of the German Land of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He additionally turned chairman of the board of administrators of the “Jeunesses Musicales” of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and based efficiency competitions for the music of persecuted artists. In 2008 Ahmels turned director of the “Zentrum für Verfemte Musik” (Heart for Ostracized Music) on the College of Music and Theater in Rostock. He has additionally been a lecturer there since 2013.

Arnold Schoenberg

On the “Verfemte Musik 2022” Pageant, the main focus was on Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951). The Schwerin Cultural Discussion board within the Schleswig-Holstein-Haus introduced an exhibition in reminiscence of the Austrian artist who was persecuted by the Nazis and left his native nation in 1933 to to migrate to the US.

Previous to World Conflict I, Schönberg took varied musical commissions in Vienna and Berlin and gave classes in music and composition. Hanns Eisler, Anton Webern, Alban Berg and others studied with him. After the warfare, Schönberg developed the dodecaphonic approach and composed the primary piece utilizing the dodecaphonic approach in 1921.

Since 1901 Schönberg had been married to Mathilde Zemlinskys, the sister of his composition trainer Alexander von Zemlinsky. She died in 1923 and the next yr Schönberg married Gertrud Kolisch, the sister of his pupil Rudolf Kolisch.

The couple had three youngsters: Nuria (born in 1932, later spouse of composer Luigi Nono), Ronald (born in 1937) and Lawrence (born in 1941). Ronald Schoenberg’s son, E. Randol Schoenberg, turned internationally referred to as a lawyer when he enforced Maria Altmann’s claims towards the Austrian state for the return of 5 Gustav Klimt work that had been stolen from the household in the course of the Nazi period. The story was made right into a film underneath the title “Lady in Gold”, starring Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann.

Arnold Schönberg was not solely a musician, but additionally a painter and an inventor, and he additionally had a reference to chess.

Arnold Schoenberg: “The crimson gaze”

Draft zone ticket

He met the musician Rudolph Reti, the older brother of Richard Reti. In 1911, Rudolph Reti carried out Arnold Schönberg’s “Three Items for Piano”. And Schönberg’s second spouse, Gertrud Kolisch (1898-1961), was from the household of Viennese chess grasp, patron and banker Ignaz von Kolisch (1837-1889).

In 1898 Schönberg transformed from Judaism and joined the Lutheran Church, however in 1933 he returned to Judaism.

In 1933 Schönberg emigrated along with his household to the US and in 1936 rented a villa in Brentwood, a suburb of Los Angeles, within the neighborhood of Thomas Mann, with whom Schönberg had a two-year controversy over Mann’s novel “Physician Faustus”. In 1941, the Schönberg household moved to Pacific Palisades.

Schönberg was very properly linked with different artists – he, for instance, recurrently performed tennis with George Gershwin. Schönberg died on Friday July 13, 1951.

Gershwin portray Schoenberg

Recording of Arnold Schönberg (Schönberg Heart Wien)

Coalition failures

The “Verfemte Musik” Pageant started with the opening of the exhibition on Arnold Schönberg and ended with a efficiency by Matthias Deutschmann. However earlier than that, Deutschmann tried a recreation of “Coalition Chess”.

Coalition failures

Schönberg developed coalition chess within the first half of the Nineteen Twenties. It’s performed by 4 gamers, two of whom play collectively. Companions have completely different strengths. There are two main powers and two minor powers.

Coalition Chess has a complete of 9 completely different items that transfer in another way. Schönberg’s items, much like Chaturanga, a predecessor to the trendy type of chess, are extremely figurative and harking back to World Conflict I weapons. There are, for instance, planes, submarines and machine weapons with particular traits. A couple of years in the past, the Schönberg Heart in Vienna was the primary to revisit Coalition Chess, which isn’t straightforward to know even for knowledgeable chess gamers.

Schwerin has now seen a rerun of the aforementioned 1978 Deutschmann vs. Ahmels encounter, solely this time they performed coalition chess. Deutschmann and Ahmels acted as main powers (black and yellow) and have been joined by two musicians and chess gamers from SF Schwerin Chess Membership as coalition gamers.

Matthias Deutschmann wonders what to do with the cash

Like Volker Ahmels

Deutschmann was supported by Yosuke Maeno, who, like Deutschmann, performs the cello and has already gained prizes in music competitions and chess tournaments. Opera lovers might know his mom Sophie Maeno, who’s a widely known opera singer.

Yosuke Maeno

Volker Ahmels performed with one other pianist. Jeremias Obando, initially from Venezuela, is a piano trainer on the “Johann Wilhelm Hertel” Conservatory.

Jeremiah Obando

Torsten Kath, president of SF Schwerin, noticed the sport, Frank Behrhorst acted as referee.

Torsten Kath follows the sport

Previous to the beginning of the exhibition, Behrhorst and Ahmels, who’ve beforehand performed collectively within the Bundesliga, had gone via and reviewed the Coalition Chess guidelines.

Frank Behrhorst watches the sport

The match led to victory for Deutschmann/Maeno. Obando had crashed early along with his planes, whereas Maeno was nonetheless capable of trigger hassle with a small crew after dropping his submarines. The 2 nice powers initially held again and didn’t intervene within the battle till later.

The video beneath may give an concept of ​​the problem of the sport.

After the match, a cheery Deutschmann switched roles to a cabaret powerhouse who impressed with two hours of advantageous, witty satire.

Translation from German: Johannes Fischer